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Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Keegan, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Posts: 606

    What are some manufacturers of aerators? I'm in the market for one.
  2. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,925

    Bluebird, ryan, classen, Rock-Solid Plugger, There are others but I am brain farting right now.
  3. Mower For Less

    Mower For Less LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 823

    Mine is a Billy-Goat

  4. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,454

    Mower for Less,

    How do you like your Billygoat? Does it turn easily? Does it wear you out like other aerators? I saw one at a trade show recently and it looked very well-built.
  5. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,619

    I rented a Billy Goat this month and it is a lot better than a Bluebird. I would think it is a middle of the pack quality aerator. High end is Ryan, Rock Solid Pluger,etc.

    Do you have the clients to justify one when you can just rent one.
  6. launboy

    launboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 273

    i have bluebird, but there is also toro,and don't forget the JRCO that hooks to ztr or ztwb
  7. NCLawnMedic

    NCLawnMedic LawnSite Member
    Posts: 78

    First Products Aera-vator. I don't think anything could aerate better
  8. cochino12

    cochino12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 319

    Anyone else using a classen? I just bought a new machine and I like it, but really have no experience with others.
  9. Mower For Less

    Mower For Less LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 823

    I dont have the experience with other aerators to tell you if it wears you out as much, the Billy Goat is the only one I have ever owned or used. But because of the 4 wheel design, I would have to say it is probably alot easier to use and turn than other aerators. Which means it probably is less fatiguing to use. At least that is what I hypothesised when I bought it. The thing I like is that the front axle is also a drive axle, so when you lift the spoons up, you still have power to turn it, which makes it very conveinient for smaller properties (which is all I do with it so far) and it fits through a 28" gate. And the way it lifts the spoons and keeps all the weight on the 4 wheels means you dont have to "carry" the aerator around the corners and turns. Does everything I need with no complaints, and seems to be a very durable unit.

  10. Green lawns

    Green lawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    We own a PL800 pluger from rock solid. It has the 5.5 hp Honda engine and aerates a 30" path. It's a great machine! Pulls deep plugs and does not beat you to death.

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